Carriers have been addressing Internet security ever since they realized the public network exposed them to denial of service attacks and theft of policyholder information. Firewalls, intrusion detection, encryption, virus scanning, access management-all these tools are staples in carriers' IT operations.But what about insurance agencies? Carriers exchange customer data with agencies via the Internet daily, and agents regularly access policyholder data within carrier systems.

Insurance carriers have a vested interest in agency security, says Alvito Vaz, IT Manager, Drive Insurance from Progressive, Mayfield Village, Ohio.

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